Roseola Rash on Face – What To Do?
Roseola is a long lasting, viral illness that almost always affects children anywhere from 3 months to 4 years of age and is particularly common in infants and children nearing one year old. Because it’s caused by a virus, it’s easy to see how it can be passed around from youngster to youngster and with an incubation period of 5 to fifteen days, you may have absolutely no idea that your child is ill with a contagious virus until the telltale roseola rash appears.
Roseola is also known as sixth disease and while the roseola rash is the defining characteristic, it’s not present at the start of the illness. In fact, respiratory symptoms and a runny nose and a sore throat are the first indications of onset. Since it’s not unlikely that these symptoms couldn’t be related to a whole plethora of other illnesses, it’s not unusual then that many parents don’t know their child has roseola until the non itchy skin rash appears. An extremely high fever, one that can reach even up to 105 degrees will also very rapidly appear and can be long lasting, will also appear before the skin redness and small, raised sores appear.
Once you have determined that your child has the virus that causes the roseola rash, you will likely take him or her in for an evaluation, especially depending on the state of the associated fever. Your child’s health care provider will want to evaluate the child if he or she has an extremely high fever, seems very sick or is excessively tired or cranky. Additionally, there is a small risk of convulsions and seizures in children with a roseola rash or in the period before skin symptoms start, and either of these symptoms requires immediate transport to an emergency room.
Beyond critical care reserved for more serious cases of the condition, there is little that can be done to treat this viral contaminant. Of course, Tylenol or other fever reducing products as approved by your pediatrician will be used in home care for fever relief and you may elect to treat this monster of childhood rashes for symptom relief as well. Oddly enough, roseola is not like other common skin rashes that itch, and there is no discomfort from the skin invader, so you may only need to treat the inherent dryness or swelling that is associated with the roseola rash. To do so, you can use any combination of baby approved lotions or creams that provide moisture and are non irritating to prevent more aggravation of the skin’s surface, as you would with any other common skin rashes found in children.
While many of the symptoms of roseola can be dangerous and severe, the associated rash is not one of them; however it is a very important indicator as to the source of your child’s illness. Treat it as you would any other skin discomfort and focus your attention on the fever and remaining symptoms associated with this ailment.